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Senator Pans Downtown Arena, Residents May Sue

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A Senator says El Pasoans did NOT vote for an arena.

According to elpasoheraldpost.com, a statement from State Senator Jose Rodriguez, read to City Council Tuesday morning, said:

People did not vote for an arena. They voted for a “multipurpose center” meant for performances and cultural events.

He added that he supported the new venue, and still does, but further support requires two things:

  • We need to know that these projects will enhance our community, which means respecting the people, places, and history that is so special and unique to El Paso.
  • We need to know that we are getting exactly what we asked for, that there was a process that was consistent, transparent, and inclusive every step of the way.

KVIA.com says residents may file a lawsuit against the city over this. Many worry construction will destroy historic and privately owned properties. A successful lawsuit could eliminate that worry.

Other sites are available, one of which was ruled out because of demands Southern Pacific Railroad made.  Demands they, apparently, never made.

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